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Choosing Quality Child Care

Finding the right kind of child care for your child is among the most important decisions you will make as a parent. To assist you in making a selection, the following list of questions are provided. In the end, the most important factor is that you feel secure and comfortable with your decision.

Does the provider…

  • Appear to be warm and friendly? Provide references?
  • Seem to be people with whom you can develop a comfortable, sharing relationship?
  • Seem to be people your child will enjoy being with?
  • Have child-rearing methods and attitudes similar to your own?
  • Treat each child as an individual?
  • Understand what children can and want to do at different stages of growth?
  • Encourage good health habits?
  • Accept and respect your family’s cultural values?
  • Take time to discuss your child with you daily?

Does the child care home have…

  • A clean, comfortable look?
  • Safe equipment in good repair?
  • Equipment and supplies for different ages of children?
  • An alternate exit in case of fire?
  • A safety plan to follow in emergencies?
  • An outdoor play area that is safe?
  • A fire extinguisher, smoke detectors, first aid kit, etc?
  • A person trained in CPR and first aid?

Are there opportunities for children…

  • To follow a schedule that meets young children’s needs for routine but is flexible enough to meet the different needs of each child?
  • To play quietly and actively?
  • To play alone at times and with friends at others?
  • To use materials and equipment to learn new skills?
  • To learn to get along, to share, and to respect themselves and others?

The following are basic questions to ask the provider about their home business.

  • What are your hours?
  • How many children do you care for?
  • What is your vacation and illness policy?
  • What are your fees? What days are you closed?
  • What arrangements are in place for my child if you are closed due to illness?
  • What training or experience do you have?
  • Do you or your family members smoke?
  • Do you have pets?
  • Why did you decide to become a provider?
  • What is your favorite part of being a provider?
  • Does your family support your career choice?
  • Can you describe a typical day in your home?
  • Do you transport children in your vehicle?
  • Can I drop by at any time?

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